The Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies (Megascops kennicottii kennicottii) is a small grey-brown owl with feather tufts and yellow eyes. It occurs on the west coast of North America from Oregon to Alaska.
The Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies was designated as Special Concern in 2002 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC); however, it was uplisted to Threatened in 2012 due to its small and declining number of mature individuals (COSEWIC 2012). It was listed in 2005 as Special Concern in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and is now awaiting the decision of the Governor in Council regarding its reclassification to Threatened. In British Columbia, the Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies is ranked S3 (special concern) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Blue list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies as a priority 1 under goal 2 (prevent species and ecosystems from becoming at risk) and priority 2 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems). It is protected from capture and killing, under the B.C. Wildlife Act. Recovery is considered to be biologically and technically feasible. ...
The population and distribution goal is to ensure stable or increasing populations of Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies in British Columbia and ensure there is no reduction in either the extent of occurrence or area of occupancy within its present range in B.C.
The recovery objectives are:
1.Protect priority breeding habitat for Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies distributed throughout its range in British Columbia.
2.Establish and implement a monitoring program to assess trends in occupancy and habitat availability across the subspecies range.
3.Assess and mitigate current
Ministry of Environment. 2013. Recovery Plan for the Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies (Megascops kennicottii kennicottii) in British Columbia. Province of British Columbia. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-7726-6
Other Identifier: QL696S83R422013/333.95'897/C2013-980026-3
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